S’pore Roman Catholic Church comments on member’s sexual affair
SINGAPORE — The Roman Catholic Church in Singapore said it was working with the Religious Order to investigate the background of a member who was jailed for five years last week for engaging in unlawful sexual acts with two teenagers.
In a statement released Wednesday (May 11) to acknowledge the concerns of the Catholic faithful, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore noted that the matter occurred between 2005 and 2007 and that it is “simultaneously taking steps to see how more ‘information about the case may be made public in light of the existing gag order’.
Details of the Singaporean man and his victims cannot be released due to a court-imposed gag order, which also covers the naming and naming of the man and the address of the scene of the incident. .
The statement said religious orders and Catholic school boards have been reminded to report to the Archbishop once they become aware of incidents involving alleged offenses against minors or vulnerable persons.
“As the Church carries out its work to ensure greater transparency and strengthen measures to prevent future incidents, we humbly seek the understanding of our Catholic community and members of the public; to give us the time and opportunity to make the necessary inquiries and reviews so that we are able to provide the truth that all seek and to ensure greater accountability and protection for our young people.
The man had pleaded guilty to a charge of willfully engaging in carnal intercourse against nature and to a charge under the Children and Young Persons Act. Two other charges were considered at sentencing.
In an earlier statement following the man’s sentencing, Archbishop of Singapore William Goh expressed his “sadness and regret” over the case.
“Like many of you, I am appalled, shocked and ashamed. I humbly apologize on behalf of the Church. My sincere sympathy to those who have suffered because of this crime. I pray that they find the healing and the end, and we journey with them as a Church through this pain.Justice be served accordingly.
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